Every truck accident victim may experience a different time period from the start to the end of their truck accident claim. Truck accident-related lawsuits may also vary in their duration. Truck accident settlement processes could take longer than car accidents, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) explains that several post-accident tests may be required to diagnose the accident.
Your lawyer will keep you updated about the progress of your insurance claim or lawsuit so that you have an idea of how long your settlement may take.
Negotiating May Take Time
Sometimes seeking the greatest possible settlement means spending additional time on a claim. This is something you must consider when weighing how long a truck accident claim takes to settle.
After reviewing your accident and claim, the insurance company may present you with a compensation offer, which may be too low based on your losses. If the offer is fair, then you and your lawyer may choose to accept the offer. In this case, the time it takes to complete your truck accident claim could be relatively short.
However, in the case that the compensation offer is too low, you may choose to have your lawyer negotiate for a greater settlement amount. In this case, it could take comparatively longer to complete your truck accident claim. Still, spending the extra time required to negotiate a fair settlement could be worth it.
Your Lawyer Will Argue Your Case with the Insurance Companies
Insurance companies are not always on the side of truck accident victims. In fact, they may have a clear motive to pay as little to truck accident victims as the victim is willing to accept.
The American Bar Association (ABA) explains that contingency fee arrangements—the type that generally applies to personal injury lawyers—mean that your lawyer does not receive payment unless you win compensation. As your lawyer negotiates a settlement with one or more insurance companies, they may:
- Show evidence of the losses that you have suffered
- Show evidence that indicates another party is at fault for your accident
- Cite witness accounts of your accident
- Cite legal statutes and prior cases that show why one or more parties owe you compensation
Every settlement negotiation unfolds differently. Your lawyer will work to secure a fair amount of awards for you through insurance, and if they cannot, they will begin a lawsuit.
A Lawsuit Could Come After an Insurance Negotiation
When insurance companies refuse to cover your losses as a truck accident victim, your lawyer’s next move may be to file a lawsuit. When they choose to file a lawsuit, your lawyer may already have access to various forms of evidence and documentation. They may have already collected medical records, witness accounts, lost income statements, and other documents to use during your insurance settlement negotiations.
When they bring a lawsuit, your lawyer will make your case through civil courts. They will reach out to attorneys for the parties that you are suing and try to negotiate a settlement before a trial is necessary. Some of the losses that your lawyer may be seeking compensation for are:
- Lost wages resulting from your injuries
- The expense of your medical treatment and care
- The cost of replacing or repairing your vehicle
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Past and future mental anguish
- Medication costs
- The cost of psychological therapy for accident-related trauma
You may need to bring a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one passed away due to a truck accident. Your lawyer may seek awards for funeral costs, loss of the comfort that your loved one provided, loss of financial protection, and any other damages that may occur because of wrongful death.
A lawyer will do all of the individual tasks necessary to complete your lawsuit or insurance claim. More than that, your lawyer will protect you from having to re-experience the trauma of being in a truck accident or losing a loved one. They will deal with the pursuit of compensation so that you can focus on other things.
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We can represent you and/or your loved one as you seek compensation from an insurance company or one or more liable defendants in a lawsuit. Call our lawyers today at (702) 633-3333 for a free case review.